The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for reserved hunts on certain managed waterfowl areas will be accepted until Aug. 28.

Reserved hunts are held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend of the waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point, Harsens Island and Shiawassee River State Game Areas. These reserved hunts offer a great opportunity for waterfowl hunters to have a guaranteed hunting spot on one of the first two days of the duck hunting season, at some of the best duck hunting areas in the state.

The maximum party size is four hunters. For morning hunts and the second-day afternoon hunts, successful applicants must have appropriate licenses and stamps and be accompanied by one to three other appropriately licensed hunters. Youth have a special opportunity because the opening-day afternoon hunts are for those 16 and under. Successful applicants for the opening-day afternoon hunts can have up to two adults who are 18 years of age or older with appropriate licenses, and they must have at least one youth 10-16 years of age with the appropriate license.

Reserved goose hunts for the mornings of waterfowl hunting opening weekend are also available at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

Waterfowl reserved hunt applications, which cost $4, are available at all license agents or online at Hunters may only apply once. Drawings results will be posted at on Sept. 17.

Hunters have an additional opportunity to get a reserved waterfowl license by applying for the 2014 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4, and hunters may apply as many times as they like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes a reserved waterfowl, elk, bear, turkey and antlerless deer license. For more information, go to Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2014 hunting seasons.

Michigan’s managed waterfowl areas offer first-class waterfowl hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. To learn more, and see videos about several of the managed waterfowl areas,

Managed waterfowl area hunting is just one way to continue the celebration of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL). The MWL is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. To learn more about the MWL, please visit

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